Abstract: The invention is a loading and unloading device for transporting small recreational or utility vehicles in a pickup truck. The invention comprises two stationary rails mounted on the bed of a truck. A ramp is slidably and pivotally attached to the stationary rails, and an interchangeable vehicle carriage or dump bed is slidably and pivotally mounted to the ramp. In use, the ramp and carriage are lowered by a winch so that the carriage is close to the ground and substantially horizontal. A small vehicle can then be placed on the carriage. A winch then pulls the carriage up the ramp until the vehicle's center of gravity is slightly rearward of the stationary rails. The carriage stops, and the winch pulls the ramp onto the stationary rails. The ramp can then be pushed into the bed of the truck.
Abstract: A multiple compartment storage body for a refuse collection vehicle includes a floor, a roof, a plurality of walls extending between the floor and the roof, a partition and a bulkhead latch. The partition has a first opposing end portion pivotally coupled intermediate the floor and the roof between the walls to allow a second opposing end portion to pivot between the floor and the roof. The bulkhead latch is pivotally supported adjacent the roof and extends from the roof proximate the second opposing end portion. A lower most section of the plurality of sections includes a support member for engaging and supporting the second opposing end portion of the partition between the floor and the roof. The vertical distance the bulkhead vertically extends below the roof is adjustable to adjust a distance at which the second opposing end portion of the partition is supported above the floor.
May 28, 1996
Date of Patent:
June 23, 1998
Kann Manufacturing Corporation
Dirk C. Kann, Virgil L. Collins, Andy B. Appleton
Abstract: A gravity unloading method for cargo box having split bottom plates. A pair of rectangular split bottom plates abut at one of the long sides of the bottom plates and pivoted near the other of the long sides thereof on the bottom of the cargo box. Force is applied by power devices beneath the bottom plate, causing the split bottom plates to turn pivotally and become inclined. A side plate is disposed vertically at the edge of each of the long sides of the bottom plate. The ends of the side plates adjacent the bottom plate can be pivotally turned open through the free ends turning up by a linkage such that the articles located on the split bottom plates can completely slide out by their own weight from both sides.
Abstract: A multiple compartment storage body for a refuse collection vehicle includes a floor, a roof, a plurality of walls extending between the floor and the roof, a partition and a bulkhead latch. The partition has a first opposing end portion pivotally coupled intermediate the floor and the roof between the walls to allow a second opposing end portion to pivot between the floor and the roof. The partition is supported at a plurality of distances between the floor and the roof. The bulkhead latch is pivotally supported adjacent the roof and extends from the roof proximate the second opposing end portion. The bulkhead latch includes a plurality of sections removably coupled to one another. Sections above the lower most section may be removed to adjust a vertical length of the bulkhead.
May 28, 1996
Date of Patent:
February 10, 1998
Kann Manufacturing Corp., Waste Management, Inc.
Dirk C. Kann, Virgil L. Collins, Richard T. Williams
Abstract: A multiple compartment storage body for a refuse collection vehicle includes a floor, a roof, a plurality of walls and a partition. The plurality of walls extend between the floor and the roof and include a front wall, a rear wall, and side walls between the front wall and the rear wall. The roof, floor and walls define an interior storage space. The walls define a discharge opening. The partition extends from the front wall towards the rear wall and is positioned between the floor and the roof to divide the interior storage space into an upper compartment having a volume and a lower compartment having a volume. The partition is vertically movable so as to increase the volume of one of the upper and lower compartments in communication with the discharge opening.
Abstract: A container 10 for use in the transportation of goods mounted or mountable on a load carrying vehicle 12. The container 10 includes a floor 18 and a pair of opposed side walls 20, 22 each of which is supported for displacement about a pivotal axis adjacent its upper edge. The side wall 20 is hingedly connected adjacent its lower edge to the floor 18. The container 10 includes displacement means 16 for displacing the floor 18 and the side walls 20, 22 between a rest position in which goods can be contained within the container and a discharge position in which goods contained within the container can be discharged therefrom. In addition, the container 10 includes friction reducing floor support means in the form of rollers supporting the floor 18 to facilitate displacement thereof between its rest and discharge positions.
March 16, 1995
Date of Patent:
December 31, 1996
John Daniel Containers (Proprietary) Limited
Abstract: The method of unloading provides for unloading of a cargo container without having to tip the container up on its end to cause a gravity flow. The method provides for placing a liner on the floor of a cargo container with side walls, front wall, ceiling and back opening. Suspending a bulkhead at the rear opening of the container from an upper portion of the container so it does not depend upon the floor for support. Placing a cargo within the container on the liner. Removing a bottom portion of the bulkhead and attaching an end of the liner located at the back opening to an unloading apparatus which has been detachably connected to the rear of the container, and then pulling the liner out, and as the liner is pulled out, the cargo on the liner is unloaded from the container.
Abstract: This invention generally relates to cargo containers; and more specifically, to cargo containers of the type from which bulk cargo is discharged by pulling a bottom or floor liner out from the container.
Abstract: An unloading apparatus for use with a cargo container. The unloading apparatus having a supporting frame with a mandrel rotatably supported by the supporting frame and laterally extending across the frame. The unloading apparatus having devices to detachably connect it to the rear of the container. A liner disposed on the floor of the container with devices to connect the liner to the unloading apparatus when the unloading apparatus is connected to the back of the container. The liner in some uses has rolled or pleated sections which unfold or unroll as the liner is pulled out of the container and winds onto the mandrel. As the liner winds onto the mandrel, the cargo contained on top of the liner falls out the back and into a collection device such as a bin located at the rear of the container.
Abstract: An unloading gate for a dump truck body which is movably mounted on rails in the dump truck body so that it can be actuated to scrape and clean the body during unloading and which has a positive locking means for locking the unloading gate in a fixed position relative to the body.
Abstract: Unloading Apparatus for Use with a Cargo Container. The cargo container defines an interior cargo space and has a floor, left and right side walls, a front wall between the left and right side walls at the end of the floor and an opening at another end of the floor opposite the front wall. A liner is placed over the floor and extends from at least the front wall to the back opening. The unloading apparatus attaches to the cargo container at the back opening and has a frame with twist locks on it to connect into openings in the back of the container. The frame also has an mandrel rotatably supported by it and laterally extending from the left side to the right side of the frame. The mandrel includes a device for attaching the edge of the liner adjacent the back opening of the container to the mandrel. A drive device is mounted on the frame which engages the mandrel and rotates it so that the liner winds onto the mandrel as it rotates.
Abstract: A dump truck having a dump body with a central longitudinally extending conveyor and elongated internal panels moveable between upright storage positions next to the opposed parallel side walls of the truck body and inclined hopper positions extending downwardly and laterally inwardly between the side walls and the bottom of the dump body and toward the central conveyor. An external, longitudinally extending handle bar on each side of the dump body, is connected to the respective panel by a bank of longitudinally spaced, laterally extending, connecting rods for moving the panel between its storage and hopper positions. With the panels in their storage positions, the handle bars and connecting rods are pivotal upwardly together to upright storage positions against the outside of the dump body.
Abstract: A cotton basket is pivotally connected to a harvester frame for rocking about a fore-and-aft extending axis located a substantial distance above the basket floor on the side of the basket opposite the dump side. Simple single beam mast structures at the front and rear ends of the basket replace more conventional and massive multi-element mast structures typical in previously available harvesters. Cylinders connected near the center of gravity at the basket ends rock the basket upwardly and outwardly about the axis to a position above the wagon or module builder. The pivot angle through which the basket is rocked is substantially less than 30 degrees for minimal shifting of the center of gravity during dumping. Dump height is controlled by cylinder extension. The main conveyor floor has front and rear conveyors which move cotton to an independently controlled conveyor built into a fold-down door. The door conveyor can be emptied independently of the main conveyor operation for a partial dump.
December 6, 1993
Date of Patent:
April 18, 1995
Deere & Company
Wesley G. Carney, Jeffrey J. Ringwald, Timothy A. Deutsch
Abstract: An improved particulate handler that includes one or more elastic sheets that are particularly effective in facilitating the easy and complete removal of particulate from transporters or containers such as railroad cars, dump trucks, chutes and the like. The combination of the elastic sheets and supporting walls overcomes the problem with sticking of particulates to the interior surfaces and facilitates smooth and easy movement and/or removal under the influence of gravity and changes in tensile stresses and stretch that develop in the sheets during loading, unloading and conveying.
Abstract: A tipping system for use in a vehicle including a container having an upper perimetrical frame with an open top and a bowl made of flexible material is suspended from the frame and including means to interact with the bowl in the discharge position to control the shape of the bowl so that contents carried therein will gravity discharge over one side of the perimetrical frame, is disclosed.
Abstract: A rotating head frame and load ejector assembly having a pair of opposing and parallel rotating side arms which can rotate between a loading and dumping position is disclosed. The bottom ends of the side arms are pivotally attached to the side walls of the dump body so that the arms can rotate about a side pivot pin to form an arcuate path between the loading and dumping position. A transverse bar attached to the top end of the arms carries a load ejector so that when the arms are rotated to the dumping position, the load ejector dislodges the load from the bottom of the dump body. In order to prevent the head frame from damaging the dump body during its rotation along the arcuate path, means for controlling the rate of rotation of the head frame is provided. A hydraulic cylinder is pivotally attached to each rotating arm and the side wall of the dump body. As the piston rod of the hydraulic cylinder slides within the piston chamber in response to the rotation of the side arms, internal chambers are formed.
Abstract: A combined wheelbarrow and beach chair apparatus (10) comprising pivotally attached framework units (11) and (12) having a flexible cargo unit (14) suspended between them and a pivoted wheel assembly unit (13) attached to one of the framework units (11) and provided with members to vary the angular orientation of the wheel assembly unit (13) relative to the framework units (11) (12) and, a removeable support unit (15) which will change the apparatus (10) from a chaise lounge/wheelbarrow configuration to a chair configuration.
Abstract: A bed cleaner for dump trucks utilizing a scraping carriage located in the bed of a dump truck and operated by cables connected to a winch assembly to dislodge and remove adhering materials from the dump bed while the dump bed is in an inclined position. The apparatus includes a device for remotely or automatically controlling the movement of the sliding carriage on the dump bed.
Abstract: A lightweight salt and sand spreader dump truck box having a first sub-frame with elongated longitudinal channel members formed from sheet metal and a conveyor frame on which a conveyor is mounted longitudinally of the dump box at the floor thereof near a side wall of the dump box, wherein the conveyor frame is integral with the sub-frame. A second sub-frame is pivoted about a longitudinal axis adjacent the conveyor frame on the opposite side from the first side frame member and includes a wall member which, when in a down position, is flush with a side frame member of the first sub-frame.
Abstract: In a tailgate assembly for a dump box of the type comprising a front inner section and a rear outer section adapted for telescopic movement one with respect to the other with the inner section slidably engaging an interior surface of the outer section. The relative position of the inner and outer sections between an expanded and a collapsed position thereof is controlled by hydraulic cylinders. The tailgate assembly comprises a tailgate hingedly mounted to the rear of the outer section. A push rod has a front end thereof fixedly mounted at a front side of the inner section of the dump box. The push rod extends rearwards from its front end through a guide mounted on a sidewall of the outer section and towards the tailgate. A chain assembly connects a lower free end of the tailgate with a rear end of the push rod. The chain assembly is adapted to be in a substantially extended position thereof when the dump box is in its expanded position.
Abstract: A device and method for holding and delivering a load of particulate material such as wood blocks, wood chips--dry or moist--, and briquettes. A main bin has an open upper end, closed side walls, and a closed bottom wall. A pair of drive shafts are journaled across and in the side walls of the main bin, with a motor therefor. A flexible belt has one end secured to a first such drive shaft on one side of the bin and another end secured to a second such drive shaft on the opposite side of the bin. A continuous chain driven by the motor drives said drive shafts, and there is an idler associated with the chain and one of the drive shafts for reversing the direction of rotation of that drive shaft, so that rotation of the two drive shafts slackens the belt enabling loading. The belt, when tightened and raised, drops the load into said main bin.
Abstract: A bin for storing and handling bulk material includes a fill opening through which material is introduced into the bin for storage and a discharge opening in a bottom portion of the bin through which material stored in the bin is discharged. The bin includes a primary bin support frame, and has at least one dump assembly with a bin floor panel that is hinged adjacent the discharge opening of the bin. The bin floor panel is pivotable from a generally horizontal position to an angled position for dumping bulk material into the discharge opening. The dump assembly includes a selectively collapsible secondary frame connected to the bin floor panel and pivotable with the bin floor panel. The bin further includes a flexible and collapsible bin wall portion connected to the primary and secondary frames and the bin floor panel to form an enclosure for storage of bulk materials.
Abstract: A bin for storing and handling bulk material includes a fill opening through which material is introduced into the bin for storage and a discharge opening in a bottom portion of the bin through which material stored in the bin is discharged. The bin includes a primary bin support frame, and has at least one dump assembly with a bin floor panel that is hinged adjacent the discharge opening of the bin. The bin floor panel is pivotable from a generally horizontal position to an angled position for dumping bulk material into the discharge opening. The dump assembly includes a rigid secondary frame connected to the bin floor panel and pivotable with the bin floor panel. The bin further includes a flexible bin wall portion connected to the primary and secondary frames and the bin floor panel to form an enclosure for storage of bulk materials. The flexible bin wall portion is supported in an erect position by the primary and secondary frames for storage and discharge of bulk materials.
Abstract: A bin for storing and handling bulk material includes a fill opening through which material is introduced into the bin for storage and a discharge opening in a bottom portion of the bin through which material stored in the bin is discharged. The bin is erectable over a flat support bed. The bin includes an upright frame that is positionable adjacent to a discharge area of the flat bed to bring the discharge opening of the bin into alignment with the discharge area of the flat bed. The bin includes an outer shield hinged in a lower portion of the frame so that the shield pivots between a closed vertical position against one side of the frame and an open horizontal position away from the frame. The bin includes a floor panel independently hinged inside the outer shield adjacent the discharge opening of the bin, the bin floor panel being pivotable with the outer shield from the horizontal open position to the vertical closed position.
Abstract: A refuse compactor body has a tank section of an irregular polygonal right section that is uniform from end to end. The tank wall is made of rectangular pieces of thin very high tensile strength sheet metal and externally reinforced at spaced intervals longitudinally of the tank by polygonal peripherally continuous girth reinforcements, made up of straight short sections of metal tubes, to make a semi-monocoque structure. A floor portion of the tank is recessed between the longitudinal body support beams, which are the sole body support, to provide a relatively low center of gravity when mounted on a truck chassis. A hopper section of the body has a packer that obtruates about two-thirds of the opening to the tank and is fitted at its upper edge with a follower that pivots to a shallower slope to keep refuse from falling behind the packer blade during a compaction stroke of the packer.
Abstract: The railcar includes two car units interconnected by a drawbar. The drawbar and conventional outboard end couplers are mounted at the locations spaced apart along the longitudinal center lines of the car units. Each car unit is made up of a gondola carbody and two single axle trucks which support the carbody at four vertical load support points. Each carbody includes a depressed center section and a through sill which extends between the drawbar and the coupler within the center section for transmitting buff and draft forces along a rectilinear load path which coincides with the longitudinal center line of the car unit. Essentially all vertical loads imposed on the center section are transmitted to and borne by the side walls. The railcar may be of nonarticulated construction, but in either case is particularly suited for fabrication from aluminum.
Abstract: A device which unloads materials from a vehicle cargo area such as the bed of a pickup truck. A pair of mounting brackets are bolted to opposite sides of the vehicle bed. Pivoted to the brackets are the front ends of rigid frame arms which carry a rotatable drum between their back ends. A flexible conveyor sheet is wound on the drum and can be unwound onto the vehicle bed to receive materials loaded therein. A motor driven or manually operated drive system rotates the drum to unload the cargo as the conveyor sheet is wound up on the drum. The pivotal mounting of the frame arms permits them to be raised with the tailgate of the vehicle to a storage position during transport of the load.
Abstract: A motorized vehicular vacuum street sweeper (2) has a hopper (12) for receiving suctioned debris and includes unloading devices (36) provided by a flexible sheet-like wrapper (38) in the hopper forming a receptacle cavity (76). The wrapper is flexed by actuation devices (74) to shrink the cavity and expel debris through an exit door (40) in the hopper.
Abstract: In a dump truck, the most efficient way of raising the container body is to apply a lifting force to the end of the body remote from the pivot point. In some applications it is difficult to do so because of height restrictions and it is particularly difficult to do so in a telescoping container body in which the end of the container body which is remote from the pivot point moves in relation to the pivot point. The present invention overcomes this difficulty by mounting the extensible ram in a position remote from its upright position and providing a mechanism for pivoting it to its required upright position prior to its operation as a hoist. In a telescopic container body, the extensible ram is normally stored in freeboard space disposed below the front section of the container body and is raised into an upright position at the front end of the telescoped body in response to movement of the front section from its extended position to its retracted position.
Abstract: An open-topped container is constructed with a plurality of compartments, each having its own discharge opening and each having its own liner of the type that can be selectively rolled up or unrolled according to loading and unloading operations. Each liner is connected to its own biasing means which is effective to yield and lower the liner as the compartment is loaded and effective to recover to elevate the liner to facilitate unloading, all for the purpose of handling material, such as fruits and vegetables and the like, in such a way as to eliminate or at least minimize damage thereto.
Abstract: A trailer has a torque arm assembly pivotally mounted between the upper front portions of a pair of opposed side walls. A bottom is slideably and pivotally supported upon a bottom support member extending between the side walls and has a upwardly extending front wall the upper edge of which is pivotally connected to a pair of torque arms extending from the torque arm assembly. Also extending from the torque arm assembly is a mounting post which can be pivotally and rotatably connected to a mounting rack detachably fastened to the bed of a pick-up truck. The torque arm assembly is pivotable between one position in which the bottom is horizontal and a second position in which the bottom is inclined downwardly toward the rear end of the frame. In the second position, the mounting post is pivoted inwardly with respect to the trailer so that the truck is received in a retracted position between the side walls of the trailer.
Abstract: A device is provided for facilitating the emptying of a container e.g. on a truck loaded with bulk material, which has a tendency of being packed together during the transport. The first and second side walls of the container are pivotally mounted at their upper edges for inward and outward swinging respectively. A movable bottom plate is hingedly connected to the first side wall. The swinging movement is caused by a jack comprising two members, e.g. a cylinder and a piston rod. The first member of the jack is at its end pivotally attached to the bottom of the container at the side thereof and the second member is pivotally attached to the lower edge of the first side wall in such a way that during the out-swinging movement of the side walls the second member of the jack makes an obtuse angle with the first side wall.
Abstract: A dump truck having a telescoping container body which is initially telescoped to a reduced length to discharge a portion of the load therefrom in response to the telescoping action and thereafter elevated to discharge the remainder of the load in the manner of a conventional dump truck. The fully extended length of the container body, which determines the load carrying capacity of the container body, is greater than that which would normally be elevated to directly discharge the load therefrom in the manner of a conventional dump truck. The retracted length of the container body is no greater than the acceptable length of a container body for elevating to dump a load in a conventional manner.
Abstract: A side dumping vehicle having pivotally interconnected bottom walls and side walls which may be displaced between a trough shaped configuration in cross section and an inverted "V" configuration in cross section. In changing the configuration from that of a trough to that of an inverted "V", a load carried by the vehicle is dumped on both sides thereof.
Abstract: A hauling vehicle with side dump body comprising stationary opposite end walls, first and second opposite sides, a bottom, and an exterior flap attached below said second side, wherein said first side and an adjacent portion of the bottom are hingedly connected to form an ejector inwardly pivotal to provide an interior ramp prompting contents of the body against said second side which is free swinging and openable in response to pressure from within the hauling body; said flap being upwardly pivotal to prevent said second side from opening in response to pressure within the body and downwardly pivotal into a ramp guiding contents exiting said second side away from the hauling body. Means activating the ejector and means activating the flap for latching and unlatching the flap are provided.
Abstract: A large, sealed, roll-off container of compacted waste is provided with a transversely extending, angle iron, ejection bar which is instantly, progressively pulled rearwardly along the floor of the container by a cable attached to the frame of a tilt bed vehicle, as the tilt bed is lifted to discharge the compacted load through a rear opening. A pair of extension cables are normally looped around the front end of the load and pressed against the inside wall surfaces of the container by the force of compaction. These cables compress the front of the load to free it from adherence to the walls immediately upon tilt.
Abstract: A device to be movably mounted on the floor of the dump body of a vehicle to loosen the contents and to move the lower strata of the contents toward the rear of the dump body as the dump body is elevated, to insure the rapid and even flow of the contents from the dump body before the dump body reaches a top heavy elevation, thereby eliminating the hazard of the dump body tipping over if the vehicle is situated on transversely uneven terrain. Mechanism is provided not only for the forward movement of the mover element but for the retraction thereof. Safety stops are provided to keep the mover element within the dump body, in case of malfunction of the operating mechanism.